Geostatistics: From Mining to Hydrology

by Ghislain de Marsily, Univ of Paris IV, France,
Jean-Pierre Delhomme, Univ of Paris IV, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Geostatistics originated in the mining industry to help estimate the amount of metal contained in a block or ore, from a systematic sampling of the block. In this paper, the major geostatistical concepts and the theory of kriging are introduced using the early mining work as an example. The areas where the application to hydrology were first developed are briefly described, and in conclusion the most active areas of present research and development in geostatistical hydrology are outlined.

Subject Headings: Statistics | Hydrology | Kriging | Industries | Research and development | Mathematics | Geology | Hydrologic engineering

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